Nusa Lembongan is a tropical island off the coast of Bali and can be reached by boat within 30 minutes. Here you will find some of the best beaches of Bali which makes it the perfect island to explore and relax. Grab a motorbike to discover hidden beaches, mangroves and beautiful viewpoints. Also make sure to also cross the Yellow Bridge to its small neighbouring island Nusa Ceningan and find a few cool beach clubs to enjoy the good life. Nusa Lembongan is a must on your Bali itinerary and this guide shows you the top things to do in Nusa Lembongan, including how to get to there and where to stay.
1. Explore the beaches of Nusa Lembongan
Some of the best beaches of Bali are not on the mainland, but on Nusa Lembongan instead. In contrast to places such as Canggu and Seminyak, the beaches in Nusa Lembongan are white-sand and turquoise blue water.
The best beaches are on the southwest side of the island and the main beach is near where most boats arrive on the island.
- Mushroom Bay Beach: perfect for sunbathing and swimming.
- Sandy Bay Beach: sunbathing in front of Sandy Bay Beach Club.
- Dream Beach: picture perfect but the sea is too rough for swimming and the beach is not accessible during high tide.
- Jungutbatu Beach: great for sunbathing, but not for swimming. This is the most crowded part of the island and has a lot of restaurants, beach clubs and accommodations. The best part for sunbathing and empty beaches is in the far north in front of Mahagiri Hotel.
If you cross the Yellow Bridge to Nusa Ceningan, you will find a few other great beaches: Secret Beach and Mahana Point.
2. Visit the mangroves of Nusa Lembongan
Head to the northeast side of the island to explore the unique mangroves of Nusa Lembongan. Take a short boat tour or rent one yourself and enjoy the greenery and tranquility of this part of the island. Exploring the mangroves will take no more than one hour.
3. Check out Devil’s Tear – be careful!
One of the most famous spots on the island is Devil’s Tear, located next to Dream Beach. Watch large and impressive waves crash into the rocky cove, creating enormous water explosions that can reach up to more than 20 meters high! Once you see this with your own eyes, you will understand why it is called Devil’s Tears. Devil’s Tear is also known as one of the best sunset spots on the island.
However, be cautious as people have died or been injured standing to close to the edge of the water explosions.
4. Cross the Yellow Bridge to Nusa Ceningan
Cross over the famous yellow suspension bridge connecting Nusa Lembongan with Nusa Ceningan. This bridge is only just wide enough for two motor bikes to cross each other, so be careful getting to the other side.
Once you are on Nusa Ceningan, follow the road to the right to find beach bars, lagoons and beautiful viewpoints. You can explore this island in just a few hours and can be done perfectly as a (mid)day trip during your stay on Nusa Lembongan.
5. Visit Blue Lagoon on Nusa Ceningan
Take your motor bike to the southwest side of the Nusa Ceningan to find the bluest waters around the islands. The viewpoint of the Blue Lagoon is on the cliffside and has various cool spots to enjoy the wild and impressive sea. Head to the left side for a cliff jumping spot or to the right for another viewpoint looking out on the lagoon. Be aware: swimming here is not recommended and is solely a viewpoint.
6. Enjoy the beach clubs of Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan
After exploring the Blue Lagoon and secret beaches of Nusa Ceningan it is time to relax at one of the beach clubs on the island. The three best options are on the same street: Le Pirate Beach Club, The Sand and Sea Breeze. You can go bar hopping to each of them as they all have something different to offer. The beach bars at Nusa Ceningan are in general slightly more expensive and low key compared to the beach clubs on Nusa Lembongan.
On Nusa Lembongan you will also have plenty of great beach clubs to relax, swim and enjoy delicious food and drinks. Some beach clubs to consider are Sandy Bay Beach Club, Ohana’s, The Deck and Ginger & Jamu.
7. Go on a snorkel tour & swim with manta rays
Nusa Lembongan is one of the best spots for diving and snorkeling in and around Bali. Go on snorkel tour where you will be taken to three different snorkel spots, of which Manta Point is one of them. You will most likely get to swim next to giant Manta Rays. Make sure to never touch them and respect their natural environment.
Additionally, you will get to snorkel in Crystal Bay (Nusa Penida) and at Mangrove Point at the north side of Nusa Lembongan. Here you will spot countless beautiful and colorful fish. If you are lucky, you will also spot turtles and dolphins.
8. Sunset drinks at Cloudland Bar
Finish the day with a few drinks at Cloudland Bar. This low key and mainly open-air bar has a secluded location on the southwest of the island and is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset. Grab yourself a bean bag, get your feet in the sand and enjoy the view from the cliffside. It can be a little tricky to find, but if you just follow Google Maps you can not go wrong.
You can also freshly made food from their kitchen, nothing fancy but also very affordable. Another very affordable and great food options is Dhipa Warung, located on the road between Dream Beach and Sandy Beach. It is a family-run warung and their fresh Tuna steak is the best I have ever had!
If you are looking for something a bit more fancy, then try Sandy Bay Beach for a lovely candlelight dinner right at the beach. Alternatively, you can find great sushi at Oishii Bar.
How to get to Nusa Lembongan?
The Nusa Islands can be reached very easily from Bali mainland. The main harbour is located in Sanur and from there fast boats can take you to Nusa Lembongan within 30 minutes. There are many fast boat operators to choose from, but the best options are either Rocky Fast Cruises or Scoot Fast Cruises.
Boat prices to Nusa Lembongan
You can book a return ticket for 500.000 IDR per person (approximately €35 EUR), including a pick up and drop off. Pick ups from Ubud and Canggu area both take around 1-1.5 hours depending on traffic. Without pick up you can purchase tickets at the harbour for about 25.000 IDR per person.
Keep in mind that you will most likely have to step into the water to get into the boat. Hence, wear shoes that can you can easily take off. Do not worry about your luggage: the staff will carry your suitcase or backpack into the boat.
Where to stay in Nusa Lembongan?
There are many hotels, guest houses and villas available on Nusa Lembongan in various price ranges. Decide on whether you would like to stay in the main beach area near Jungutbatu Beach or a bit more secluded but beautiful areas such as Sandy Beach, Mushroom Beach and Dream Beach.
Hotels on Nusa Lembongan:
- Dinatah Lembongan Villas (Mushroom Beach) – $
- Gedong Nusa Huts (Dream Beach) – $
- Komodo Gardens (Sandy Beach) – $$
- Nusa Indah Bungalow (Jungutbatu) – $$
- The Jingga Villas (Yellow Bridge area) – $$
- LGood Lembongan Island Villas (Mushroom Beach) – $$
- Waterblow Huts (Dream Beach) – $$$
- Royal Retreat Villa’s Lembongan (Sandy Beach) – $$$
- Tigerlillys (Jungutbatu) – $$$
- Bay Shore Huts (Mushroom Beach) – $$$
You can also stay at Nusa Ceningan but keep in mind that there is less to do, especially at night.
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